World number one Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and Stanislas Warinkaall won their respective second-round matches in the ongoing Australian Open while Kevin Anderson suffered a shock exit after defeat on Thursday.
Top-seeded Nadal outclassed Federico Delbonis in straight sets to advance to the third round.
Nadal defeated the Argentine Delbonis 6-3 7-6(4) 6-1 to book his place in the third round of the Australian Open for the 14th time.
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The 2009 AO champion will now take on compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round on Saturday, for a place in the next round.
Also in men’s singles, top-seeded Australia Nick Kyrgios also advanced to the third round after defeating France’s Gilles Simon in four sets.
The local favourite, Kyrgios, ousted the Frenchmen Simon 6-2 6-4 4-6 7-5 to book a third-round birth in the Australian Open for the fourth time.
Stanislas Wawrinka also won his third-round match against Italy’s Andreas Seppi. He won 4-6 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-4.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson had to suffer a shocking defeat at the hands of unseeded American Taylor Fritz.
Fritz ousted Anderson (4-6 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 6-2 6-2) in a five-set thriller to set up a third-round tie with Dominic Thiem, who earlier defeated Fritz’s compatriot Alex Bolt, also in a five-set thriller.
In women’s singles, Simona Halep eased off with 6-2, 6-4 win over Harriet Dart.